These Vet Students Are Helping Care For Animals Affected By The Louisiana Floods

Photo credit: Beth Olinde

For a week and a half now, students and faculty from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine have been tending to the animals affected by this state’s devastating floods.

Photo credit: LSU
Photo credit: LSU

Some of the animals are living with their families at pet-friendly emergency shelters — the Baton Rouge River Center, Celtic Studios, and the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

LSU has details about all the critters who found safe refuge in these places:

Since the shelters opened, 118 animals have been housed at Celtic (85 dogs and 33 cats); 1,333 animals have been housed at Lamar-Dixon (372 dogs, 109 cats, 142 cattle, 371 horses, 148 goats, 3 donkeys, 7 mules, 9 chickens, 2 guinea hens, 20 birds and 2 guinea pigs); and 120 animals have been housed at the River Center (85 dogs, 33 cats, 1 bird and 1 turtle).

Photo credit: LSU
Photo credit: LSU

Others — including horses, dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens — have been rescued from the flooded areas by LSU vet school volunteers.

The school has also been taking in more injured wildlife than usual, which is par for the course, following a natural disaster, according to a press release.

Photo credit: LSU
Photo credit: LSU

On Monday morning, spokesperson Ginger Guttner — who’s promised stories about individual students and animals, once things calm down just a bit — told Shelter Me this work was still continuing.

“The shelters do still have animals and people in them, and LSU vet school faculty, staff and students are still volunteering,” she said in an email.

Photo credit: LSU
Photo credit: LSU

And you can help!

Donate to LSU’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund, which pays for equipment, caring for the animals themselves, and other necessities.

The Petco Foundation launched a national fundraising campaign to help Louisiana pets impacted by the flood. Donate here. 100% of the money raised will go directly to local Louisiana groups on the ground and will be in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation.

There’s also a GoFundMe set up to specifically help this summer’s flood victims.

Featured photo by Beth Olinde, via Show Your Soft Side. It shows a touching moment between a dog and person who are sheltering together at Celtic Studios.

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!